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'Ah! mio cor' Handel: Arias

15 Oct 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Aug 2007
  • Release Date: 17 Aug 2007
  • Label: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:19:42
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  • ASIN: B001LKBME6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,873 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ville Jokinen on 10 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
I've been collecting these Händel recitals lately and I think I have all the major ones from the last years by now. My conclusion is that this particular recording is the best of all there is available.
There may be singers of the same calibre among these (Joyce DiDonato, Sandrine Piau, Vesselina Kasarova) but none of the discs is quite as convincing as a whole. In addition to singing, the instrumental playing by Venice Baroque Orchestra is superb. And the most important thing - the choice of pieces - is not as good in any of the other recitals. All the rest do have their "fillers", but here every piece is at least good, and in most cases great. Only the shortest piece "If I had Jubal's lyre" is of minor importance to me.
So, if You're interested in Händel recitals, get this!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Sorrell on 15 May 2009
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I heard this during Radio 3's Handel Week and hastened to buy it. I have to have at least a daily fix of the title aria, which is exquisitly performed and breath-takingly beautiful. I adore Handel's Italian Arias, especially for counter-tenor, such as Scherza Infida, Cara Sposa but this aria is up there with the most sublime and she is wonderful. To my mind, she is the loveliest of all the singers I have heard, performing Handel.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Milan fog on 21 Nov 2009
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I could not more highly recommend this wonderful disk - do not expect wild coloratura singing, but emotional and total command of the music by this fantastic singer!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JM Olmesdahl on 9 Jun 2010
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As one would expect from Archiv, this is a well recorded disc of Handel arias. Unfortunately Ms Kozena, for all the loveliness of her voice, lacks the final measure of italianateness with words sounding thickset and her deliberate accentuations of 'r's hardly offering compensation. Even more disturbing are the English arias where her diction lacks clarity and the words slip into sludge. If you are one of those who believes that opera is just about the music since the words are inaudiable anyway then this probably will not bother you much. But Handel's vocal lines definitely deserve better.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I loved it! 29 Sep 2008
By Julio Castro Karg - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess that I am among those listeners who didn't mind the exagerated acting or diction exhibited in this fabulous recording! Perhaps I was so spellbound by the beauty of the music and Miss Kozena's fantastic voice that I didn't even noticed some of those exagerations. I simply loved this recording!
In these wonderful Handel arias 27 Mar 2014
By Time traveller - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, the voice of Dona Kozena captivates me. In these wonderful Handel arias, she shines and it inspires me.
recommend. 26 Oct 2010
By M. Ito - Published on Amazon.com
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it's worth listening this CD of Handel's opera pieces. It rare for the major opera theatres to take these pieces.
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Stunning 23 July 2009
By George Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Handelian opera lay dead for some two centuries before it was revived by singers like the Australian soprano Joan Sutherland and British mezzo Janet Baker. Both were marvelous singers who graced opera and concert stages for a generation. It was thought by many that there would be none of their caliber to follow, and Baroque singing might leave the stage with them. Now comes Magdalena Kozena from Czechoslovakia (today living in Britain as the domestic partner of the conductor Sir Simon Rattle). In this superb recording, she sings Handelian arias more powerfully than I have ever heard them.

Handel wrote many of these arias for the castrati then dominating the opera stage. As castrati no longer exist - some older men are castrated, surgically or chemically, as treatment for prostate cancer, but that has to be done before puberty to affect the voice, and anyone who perpetrated the act today would obviously be in jail - the roles can be played only by countertenors (men who have developed high falsetto voices) or mezzo sopranos like Kozena. On the stage, having women play characters like Julius Caesar, looks ridiculous, but on CDs it can work, provided the woman has a strong enough voice to portray a military hero. Few women have so strong a voice, but Kozena has it to spare. Her enormous vocal power, enhanced by the rhythmically electric Venice Baroque Orchestra under the direction of the Italian conductor (and organist, harpsichordist, musicologist) Andrea Marcon, results in simply magnificent performances. Anyone who thinks of Handel as the composer of only English oratorios like Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, has a revelation in store for them in this recording.

Highly recommended - but not as music to relax by. Listen to this late at night, and you may not get to sleep until dawn (which is exactly what Handel intended).
16 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Handel Exagerated 30 Nov 2007
By Michael Souza - Published on Amazon.com
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There are beautiful arias on this disc, but they are spoiled by exageratedly slow tempi ("Scherza infida," for instance), exagerated "acting," and exagerated diction. I most of the Italian arias, Miss Kozena rolls her "Rs" in exagerated fashion ("Io trrradito in morrrte in brrraccio"), exagerates her "Ps." Her "acting" in the "Hercules" aria distorts the vocal line (this is also apparent in the "Agrippina," and "Orlando" arias), and causes her to make weird noises in the lower register - it almost seems she has no low notes. That said, Miss Kozena impresses in the rapid divisions and her commitment to the text is never in doubt. If the listener likes or doesn't mind the above, the album may delight.
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